The Devil Wears Prada hit the screens back in 2006 and over the years, it has solidified its cult following. Not everyone struts around their office in Jimmy Choo heels, Dolce sheath dresses, and a vibrant orange designer poncho (those who understand, understand!). But the enchanting realm of Runway, with Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly, Anne Hathaway’s Andrea Sachs, and Emily Blunt’s Emily Charlton captivates you from the moment you press play. A Puck report has confirmed that the movie is gearing up for a confirmed sequel with Meryl and Emily reprising their iconic roles.

Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!, The Devil Wears Prada, and Julie & Julia

Now is the ideal moment to recall that Streep was backing female-centric films, also known as ‘chick flicks’, well before it became trendy. Let’s reminisce about some of her influential films in this genre.

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada (2006) is Hollywood’s opulent ode to women worldwide. You don’t necessarily have to be immersed in fashion magazines to connect with the delightful whirlwind depicted in this film (Andy certainly wasn’t). Even if fashion isn’t your cup of tea, this David Frankel film offers something for every career-oriented lady striving to make it big in this world. There’s Miranda’s charisma, Emily’s fervor, and Andy’s determination to fuel you with motivation. And if that’s not what you seek at the moment, there’s always the allure of clothes, shoes, and makeovers to admire.

Mamma Mia!

If musicals weren’t already delightful enough, Mamma Mia! (2008) presents Meryl and Amanda Seyfried’s heartwarming maternal bond to keep you emotionally invested. Amidst the melodies and dancing, the core of the story revolves around Amanda’s Sophie determined to unveil her biological father among her mother Donna’s (portrayed by Meryl) former lovers. The film concludes with a poignant message highlighting the essence of a mother-daughter relationship, suggesting that one doesn’t need a blood relation to hold significance for someone. The star-studded cast also includes Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.

If you’re still hungry for more, a sequel titled Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was released in 2018.

Julie & Julia

Meryl stars alongside Amy Adams in the 2009 biographical comedy-drama, Julie & Julia. While Meryl embodies the persona of 1950s culinary maverick Julia Child, Amy portrays the role of the unassuming girl-next-door Julie Powell in 2002. The film shifts between these two timelines where both women seek self-discovery through a series of culinary experiments. While Julia accomplishes this by creating her seminal cookbook, Julie continues the legacy by attempting to infuse meaning into her mundane life by preparing one of the 524 recipes featured in that very cookbook daily.

Devil Wears Prada’s Stanley Tucci also appears in this movie, portraying the role of Meryl’s Julia’s husband, which adds an enchanting dynamic to watch. The film is further enriched by the fact that both storylines in the movie are inspired by the real-life experiences of Julia Child and Julie Powell. This one is a definite must-watch.

She-Devil

Meryl has rightfully earned a reputation for being a ‘serious performer’, owing to the series of impactful dramas she spearheaded throughout her illustrious career, particularly in her early days. However, she did occasionally venture into lighthearted scripts. One such underrated gem is She-Devil (1989). While Meryl portrays an unabashed home wrecker in the film, Roseanne Barr propels the narrative as a disgruntled wife and mother who vows to upend her husband and his mistress’ existence, aided by her own group of women. This is a must-see if you believe in solidarity among women!

Postcards from the Edge

Mike Nichols’ Postcards from the Edge (1990) may not be a light-hearted affair, but the storyline and performances truly embody the essence of redemption. Led by Meryl in the role of (fictional) actress Suzanne Vale, the film isn’t purely a drama as it interweaves moments of dark comedy. However, its core message is about rebuilding your life, even when it seems like everything is falling apart – a reminder we all require from time to time.

What’s your favorite Meryl Streep movie?